Blanche Macdonald Grad Fashion Show 2012

Photography courtesy of Peter Jensen

 Some of the great looks seen on the runway at the edited Media show.

Blanche Macdonald launched their new Grad Fashion Show concept on November 21, 2012.  Held in the new Curlique Atelier Campus a few doors from their DT location, media and industry professionals were offered an intimate evening with an edited show just for us with family and friends having their own private fashion show a week later. President Lily Lim, Career Director Melanie Watts and many more from Blanche Macdonald were there to make us feel welcome, answer any questions we might have and to introduce us to some of the several graduates mingling with us. 

A few additional looks from the Parent/Family show.
The evening began downstairs with wine and an amazing selection of cupcakes from The Bake Sale Baking Company.  It was great to have a moment to catch up with those we hadn't seen for a while as well as make some new connections. All through this early part of the evening one of the many Blanche representatives seemed to be always nearby, asking if there was anything we needed, encouraging us to try the cupcakes and just making sure we were being well taken care of.  The one addition I do wish was available was a chance to look at the student's portfolios before the show.

Upstairs they had converted the long room into a slightly raised runway flanked by just 2 rows of chairs on each side extending the full length - each with a lovely swag bag on it. This assured there were no bad seats in the house. During the show, each student's segment was announced by an emcee before the models took to the stage. I noticed on one blog that the writer was holding a printed list of students and their contact information.  I don't know how I missed my copy - I have been assured there was one on each chair- as it's what I normally make notes on when on outfit catches my eye.

Jena Lewis

Having to do this from memory is a little daunting, especially with the wide variety of silhouettes shown, but here goes.  As a former dance costumer, detailing is always appealing. There was one evening gown made out of chiffon that had tons of seaming on the bodice - sorry but don't have the student's name.  This is a very difficult fabric to work with in this way, but the student did an excellent job of construction.  I was intrigued by the pleated fabric in the dusty green gown by Meeya Lodolcetta (she also had one in blue) - top row above.  The student's design was well-suited to the texture and fit this unusual fabric offered. The lace mid-riff top with off the shoulder sleeves paired with deep red palazzo pants by Colleen Schneebeli. was both sexy and classy - bottom row above and below with student awards.  Oh to be 20 again.  Definitely designed for the small chested woman, but a great outfit to make an entrance in.  Then there was the elaborate ruffling on the white gown (right) paired with a black jacket by Jena Lewis. I'm not a fan of fraying raw edges except in rare instances, but the workmanship involved in creating the skirt on this dress was definitely impressive. 

There were many, many more in this strong set of students that deserved a mention, but I want to make a quick mention of the award winners and include a photo from each of their collections. 

Michelle Hardy - Sandy Shen
Special Achievement in Pattern Making ... Michelle Hardy
Special Achievement in Garment Construction - a tie ... Michelle Hardy and Sandy Shen

Colleen Schneebeli - Mira M Campbell
Honourable Mention - Garment Construction ... Colleen Schneebeli
Special Achievement in Design - a tie ... Sandy Shen and Mira M. Campbell

Sandy Shen - Anna Talbot
Best Collection Interpretation ... John Paul Reyes
Portfolio Presentation ... Anna Talbot

John Paul Reyes - Emily H. McPhee
Over-all Achievement ... Emily H. McPhee

A special thanks as well to Dela Cruz Public Relations for their had work this evening!